Ryan Preece Takes Second Straight WMT Race
Friday Night Stafford Victory is Latest Accomplishment
NASCAR PR Report
Six days after reaching Victory Lane for the first time in 2009, Ryan Preece made it two in a row on Friday as he captured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

Preece (No. 3 Davidson Co./Reynold’s Auto Wrecking Chevrolet), who won last week at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, got past Ted Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) on Lap 104 Friday night and withstood numerous charges from the defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the later stages for his third career win.

Christopher, who led the first 103 laps, elected not to pit on two different occasions when the rest of the leaders came in for tires. He was able to push Preece to the limit, but could not get past, and Preece stretched out his lead in the closing laps.

Chris Pasteryak (No. 59 Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet) finished third, which tied his best career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour effort, previously also set at Stafford. Eric Beers (No. 46 Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet) and Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet) rounded out the top five.

Erick Rudolph, Donny Lia, Jimmy Blewett, Woody Pitkat and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top 10 finishers. Coors Light Pole Award winner Eric Berndt finished 16 th.

Christopher regained the season points lead with his runner-up effort. He now leads Szegedy by 14 points.

Next up for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the Budweiser 150 presented by New England Dodge Dealers on Thursday, August 13 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Town Fair Tire 150 Results
Friday
At Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford, Conn.
Lap length: 0. miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (4) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 69.427 mph, $7,000.
2. (1) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $4,85.
3. (14) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $3,100.
4. (10) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $2,700.
5. (2) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $2,400.
6. (16) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,950.
7. (6) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 150, $1,950.
8. (11) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150, $1,850.
9. (23) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,800.
10. (9) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 150, $1,750.
11. (20) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150, $1,625.
12. (3) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,600.
13. (19) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,625.
14. (15) Tim Arre, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 149, $1,100.
15. (27) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $1,775.
16. (5) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 149, $1,650
17. (32) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $1,025.
18. (13) Richard Savary, Canton, Mass., Chevrolet, 149, $1,000.
19. (28) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 149, $1,375.
20. (25) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, Conn., Chevrolet, 148, $1,325
21. (24) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 147, $900.
22. (31) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146, $875.
23. (29) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146, $1,250.
24. (22) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 146, $825.
25. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 135, $1,218.
26. (17) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 115, $1,400.
27. (12) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 114, suspension, $1,200.
28. (8) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 101, $1,200.
29. (7) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 100, suspension, $1,300.
30. (18) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Pontiac, 95, rear end, $1,300.
31. (30) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 60, engine, $1,200.
32. (21) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 0, rear end, $1,200.



Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 4 minutes 49 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.010 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: E.Berndt (97.582 mph, 18.446 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 25 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Christopher 1-103; R. Preece 104-150.

Standings: 1. T. Christopher, 1092; 2. T. Szegedy, 1078; 3. R. Preece, 1065; 4. D. Lia, 1000; 5. R. Pennink, 978; 6. J. Blewett, 933; 7. W. Pitkat, 912; 8. E. Beers, 906; 9. E. Flemke,Jr., 888; 10. M. Stefanik, 888.






Ryan Preece in victory lane at Stafford.  (Jim Dupont Photo)